Travelers and historians like to refer to Cairo as the ‘cradle of civilization’. And for good reason too, since its culture, historic value and landscapes can be as overwhelming as they are beautiful. As the Arab world’s largest metropolis, Cairo attracts an abundance of tourists, students and expats each year. Those interested in learning about Egypt’s history and experiencing its culture firsthand should put Cairo on their bucket list.
Of course, visiting the Giza Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and the ancient necropolis of Saqqara are obvious reasons. But those unfamiliar with Egypt’s capital value beyond that might not know what to do when visiting Cairo. Maybe you’re on one of our tour packages in Cairo and have some free time. Or perhaps you need a little more convincing to make it your next travel destination. Either way, learning more about the city, its hidden gems, experiences and secret charms can help you have an unforgettable time here.
Cairo Calling: 5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Out On Egypt’s Capital
Thrumming with vibrant life across the scenic Nile River, Cairo is much more than just the pyramids. Its iconic landmarks, sizzling social cafe culture, delightful culinary experiences and red-hot landscapes make it one of the most stunning metropolises in the world. Here are five reasons why you can’t miss out on visiting Cairo for your next vacation.
Founded in 2000 BC, Cairo’s ancient history has gifted it with incredible remains of the past. Which is why no trip to Cairo is complete without a visit to one of the numerous pyramids that dot the Egyptian desert. The Pyramid of Khafre, Pyramid of Khufu, Pyramids of Giza, and Pyramid of Menhaure are all must-sees. These pyramids are a major draw for millions of tourists that visit Cairo and wish to explore the marks of ancient civilization.
Aside from the pyramids, you should pay a visit to the Sphinx of Giza. It’s recommended to set out early to see the pyramids and the Sphinx to escape the crowds and harsh sun. Other places to see in Cairo include Sakkara, Memphis, the Giza Necropolis and the Cairo Museum. If you have some time, take a trek down to the Valley of the Kings and Queens for more sights of the city’s mesmerizing historical landmarks. This was a place of burial for many pharaohs and queens during the 1539–1075 BC. The tombs here are famous for the stunning architectural designs and history inscribed on the tomb walls in the shape of hieroglyphics.
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A trip to Cairo is sure to immerse you in Arab culture. As you wander through the maze-like alleys of the city, you’re bound to get a taste of the cuisine, hospitality, arts and daily lives. Cairo’s local culture is famous for its warm and genuine hospitality, which many travelers claim is a huge reason for their revisits. Almost everyone in the city is delighted to see tourists, and makes them feel very welcome.
Cairo has a diverse spectrum of art and music, many of which date back thousands of years. Traditional harps, flutes, stringed ouds and many other exotic instruments are used in the traditional music, which can be heard in the city’s streets. You can spot locals and dancers moving to the smooth and deep rhythm of the music in bright and flowing skirts, which makes it an experience of its own. For a more detailed look into the local culture, check out the Egyptian National Museum. The museum gives an insight into the arts of this region as well as takes tourists on a journey through Cairo’s ancient history.
Exciting Around-the-Clock Activities
Many people consider Cairo to be one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant cities. Whether you’re visiting Cairo because of your love of history, travel craze, cultural curiosity or just for fun, you can never run out of things to explore. The city also has many excursions, tourist attractions and water sports centers that invite innately active people to explore the city’s unique landscape. During your vacation, you will have easy access to delivery services, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other venues that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This means you have plenty of activities to choose from without having to worry about the time. Tourists can also try the following activities when visiting Cairo:
- Explore the huge Cairo Citadel
- Try their hand at haggling at the Khan el Khalili Bazaar
- Experience local history at the Abdeen Palace Museum
- Marvel at the panoramic views from the Cairo Tower
- Enjoy a coastal day by cruising on the Nile River
- Ride the desert sand on a quad bike
- Embark on a Felucca sailing boat for riverside view
Unique Shopping Experinces
Since it’s so deeply ingrained with history and culture, it’s no wonder that Cairo is an excellent city for shopping. Home to many ancient bazaars and markets, visiting Cairo can help you discover hidden gems such as colorful clothes, exotic jewelry and handcrafted home goods. Bazaars in Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada are popular markets for travelers visiting Cairo. These bazaars sell everything from fruits and vegetables to cotton items, lanterns and pottery. Of course, the best part about shopping in Cairo haggling for prices and bantering with local salesmen to bargain costs. Haggling in local markets in Cairo can help you learn more about the local culture and perhaps even pick up a few Arabic words along the way.
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Mouthwatering Middle Eastern Cusine
If you want to indulge your tastebuds with some Middle Eastern delights, you can easily find almost the entirety of the cuisine in Cairo. Dishes like Mahshi, Tahini, Falafel, Ful Medames and Baba Ghanoush are popular foods to try when you want to learn about the local cuisine when visiting Cairo. Also, don’t forget to miss out on kushari, a local delight made with lentils, rice and macaroni noodles.
Those with a sweet tooth can also satisfy their sweet craving in Cairo. There are numerous sweet stores located across the city selling everything from classic Konoha and Basbousa to syrup-infused semolina cakes. To wash it all down, stop by a local juice bar for an ice-cold glass of watermelon juice to rejuvenate you for exploring the next site on your Cairo itinerary.
Embark on Unforgettable Adventures in Cairo With Us
Cairo may not be at the top of your list of places to visit, but it should be. The city’s local culture, cuisine, landscape and shopping opportunities will make you fall in love with it. So much so that you’ll be planning to visit it again in the future. And what better way to explore Cairo’s stunning scenery and attractions than to book a guided tour package.
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